Chiropractic care and digestive issues: The nervous system controls every part of your body, including the gastrointestinal system. A collection of nerves branches out from the lower part of the spinal cord and travels to the stomach and intestines. Nerves carry messages from one part of the body to another and play an essential role in digestion, movement of food through the gastrointestinal system, absorption of nutrients and minerals, and removal of waste products via the intestines. Fixated (stuck), misaligned spinal bones alter the space between the bones where the nerves exit. This alteration in nerve space, disrupts the neural impulse flow to the digestive organs. Decreased neural impulse flow can lead to a decrease in function to the digestive organs which then can result in heartburn, gas, cramping, diarrhea, constipation or other symptoms.